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Poster: BryanE Date: Sep 4, 2007 4:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Everyone Agrees That The Grateful Dead Had Balls. This Cannot Be Refuted.

I was listening to Set Two from 10/10/76 again. Thanks Arbuthnot---you're a life saver. After Samson & Delilah and Brown-Eyed Women we got Playin' In The Band>Jam>Drums>The Wheel>Space>Drums>The Other One>Stella Blue>Jam>Playin' Reprise>Sugar Magnolia.

No typos.

You can see that there were two Drums sequences. Both were very short, timing out at 2:15 and 1:10 respectively, obviously not the percussion symposium which that portion of the shows became.

The interlude between The Wheel and Drums #2 is designated as Space, clocking in at just under four minutes, but it is three minutes and forty-nine seconds worth of a Jackson Pollock-style Grateful Dead collage, virtually relentless in its harshly beautiful, avant-garde intensity.

The Other One's machine-gun assault is a full-on musical confrontation, the band playing just as mean and threateningly as they possibly can.

And then there is Stella Blue. A long, soothing, healing Stella Blue that leads into yet another jam. Much more melodic than the Space from earlier in the medley, but lacking nothing in terms of cosmic inspiration. Arriving at the penultimate destination of Playin' In The Band's return was as astounding as it was unique to the Dead's extraordinary style that was all their own. And finally Sugar Magnolia, a song that should be included in the Smithsonian as among the absolute best examples of 20th Century American rock and roll music.

The Dead created a montage that reached further and deeper into the most remote caverns of the imagination than I had ever been able to fathom. While there were moments of great beauty and introspection in the music, there were many moments where the audience was truly put to the test, when the music became something altogether frightening, challenging us to endure dissonance at a volume level utilizing every molecule of air within the stadium, but as was always the case, clarity of sound was never sacrificed---the noise never lacked precision.

With 30,000 people spread throughout the stadium watching them, The Grateful Dead played music that was unpredictable and hugely experimental, creating moments that could only happen in the moment, existing never before or not ever since, with nothing to fall back on at any time during the show, save their own intrinsic understanding of each other as musicians and the mileage behind them of having given the experiment a try for ten long years already. But there was never a shade of relaxation in what they did, never anything that was not infused with complete concentration and dedication to an artistry that was complex, vibrant, and fascinating. Simply put, there was nothing they did that could be taken in simply. They absolutely forced their audience to be fully involved with every facet of its collective mental faculties. If we were to listen, we were to do so with something that went beyond mere enjoyment---we were pushed into a realm of experience that shook us to our very core. No other band had the courage to do what The Grateful Dead did. Rock and roll became an exercise of transcendence with them. It was not just a whole lotta shakin' goin' on---it was a life-changing event that had everlasting impact.

Never forget for one minute that there was ever anything like The Grateful Dead before they came along, that will never be anything like them ever again, and that we were so very, very fortunate to have been able to be a part of it.

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Poster: waynecs Date: Sep 5, 2007 9:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everyone Agrees That The Grateful Dead Had Balls. This Cannot Be Refuted.

actually i doubt donna has balls.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 4, 2007 5:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everyone Agrees That The Grateful Dead Had Balls. This Cannot Be Refuted.

Bryan ... if i shared that show with you, then it is i who have to thank you, for i cannot recall a music-oriented post of yours that lacked your usual spot-on brilliance, that didn't delve into those impressions and interpretations that spoke a meaning beyond the usual and mundane of what passes for music reviews in the popular press and beyond. Thanks for sharing this grate post with us, and for inspiring me to give that 10/10 show a closer listen ... this is what it's all about ... A.

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Sep 4, 2007 7:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everyone Agrees That The Grateful Dead Had Balls. This Cannot Be Refuted.

the dead were, and i'm paraphrasing a man who really knew music "on any given night, the greatest rock n roll band in the world". i feel lucky to have discovered the dead as a young teenager, on my own, well, with some help from american beauty, no doubt. as i went from studio album to studio album, even, uggghhh, skeletons from the closet, i felt there was more to these guys than i was getting. then came europe 72 and i was hooked for life. and it keeps getting better all the time.

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Sep 4, 2007 8:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everyone Agrees That The Grateful Dead Had Balls. This Cannot Be Refuted.

BryanE: As I stated in a post to "I_love_you" earlier today, the one label for those of us who let it flow and grow: "the Chosen Ones."

It's great to read your materials; I hope you are saving these in a binder somewhere for future "Chosen Ones" to read.

--- AshesRising

[And guess who just set off the fire alarm in yet another hotel?!?! ....they don't call me "AshesRising" for nothin' --- gotta go; this space is gettin' hot!]

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Poster: BryanE Date: Sep 5, 2007 3:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everyone Agrees That The Grateful Dead Had Balls. This Cannot Be Refuted.

Hopefully I was supposed to laugh at that last line in your reply.

Because I sure as hell did.